Water Quality Financing Administration

Apply by 1/31/20 for Capital Project Funding
(See submittal instructions at the bottom of this announcement)
 
Federal FY20 Loan and State FY22 Grant from Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA)
For more information, please contact Elaine Dietz at elaine.dietz@maryland.gov or 410-537-3908
 
Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund – Low interest rate loan and loan principal forgiveness (if eligible) for publicly-owned treatment works projects and publicly or privately-owned non-treatment works projects.   
 
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund – Low interest rate loan and loan principal forgiveness (if eligible) for public or privately-owned drinking water projects.
 
Bay Restoration Fund Wastewater Program - Grant funds for
• ENR upgrade at major or minor wastewater treatment plants
• Improvements to existing wastewater conveyance systems
• Sewer extension to connect homes on septic systems to a BNR/ENR wastewater treatment plant
• Nitrogen reducing BAT upgrade at shared community septic systems 
• Stormwater (MS4) projects by local governments with a system of charges
Water Supply Financial Assistance - Grant funds not to exceed $1.5 million for drinking projects at publicly-owned facilities, based on system size, compliance, and affordability.
 
If your project will be ready-to-proceed to construction by December 2022, please complete a separate application for each capital project* for which you are seeking financial assistance and submit to MDE per instructions provided in the application.  If you previously applied for financial assistance and your project was only partially or not funded, a new/updated application is required. 
 
* Applicants with stormwater projects to meet MS4 permits are encouraged to submit multiple BMP projects that will start construction within 12 – 18 months of notification of funding as a “program” of projects using a single funding application, as opposed to submitting individual BMP projects in separate applications.
 
Projects in construction prior to MDE’s verification of competitive procurement and compliance with all programmatic requirements will not be funded.  Do not submit applications for projects in construction that have not already have had these reviews completed by MDE. 
 
 
State FY22 Comprehensive Flood Management Grant (FMG)
For more information, please contact Cheryl Reilly at cheryl.reilly@maryland.gov or 410-537-3815
 
During the 2019 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, HB 428/SB 269 passed which specifically requires at least $3 million in both fiscal year 2021 and fiscal year 2022, and for fiscal year 2023 at least $2 million must be appropriated.
 
Funding may only be awarded to Counties and Municipalities. The state FMG grant will provide up to 75% of a project, or if federal funds are participating in the project cost, the FMG grant can provide 50% of the match requirement.   Additional information including ranking criteria can be found here. 
 
Notification that your project was selected will be made after the 2021 Maryland General Assembly approves the State’s capital budget.  Awards will be made after the Maryland Board of Public Works approval.
 
Submit two (2) signed hard copies and one CD or flash drive of the complete application, attachments, all supporting documents, and provide a FIRMette created from FEMA’s Map Service Center website, a map from our outreach website, or a GIS map with the location of the project clearly identified.
 

State FY21 Clean Water Commerce Act Grant
For more information, please contact Walid.Saffouri at walid.saffouri@maryland.gov or 410-537-3757
 
The Clean Water Commerce Act (CWCA) passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2017 Session (SB314/HB417) expanded the uses of the Bay Restoration Fund to include the costs associated with the purchase of cost-effective nitrogen, phosphorus, or sediment load reductions in support of the State’s efforts to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, not to exceed $6,000,000 in fiscal year 2019, and $10,000,000 in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment load reductions purchased cannot come from the agriculture sector and must be created by July 1, 2017. MDE may enter into any contract until June 30, 2021. The contract may last as long as the expected life of the environmental practice resulting from nutrient load reductions.
 
The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) invites you to send proposals for FY 2021 funding for nutrient and sediment reduction purchasing. Notification that your project was selected will be made after the 2020 Maryland General Assembly approves the State’s capital budget.  Awards will be made after the Maryland Board of Public Works approval.
 
 
Hard copies of applications for any of the above programs must be received by 1/31/20 
 
Mail or deliver to:
 
Ms. Deborah Thompson
Water Quality Financing Administration
Maryland Department of the Environment
Montgomery Park Business Center
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 515
 Baltimore, MD 21230
  

Purpose and Mission  

The mission of the Maryland Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA) is to provide financial assistance in the form of low interest rate loans and/or grant funding for clean water and drinking water capital projects across the State. 

Eligible types of projects include:
  • Water quality point source projects
  • Drinking water projects
  • Non-point source pollution control projects
  • Septic system upgrade projects   

The WQFA administers the loan and grant programs described below:  

 

Financial Program

Purpose

Water Quality Revolving Loan Program (WQRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance wastewater treatment plant upgrades, nonpoint source projects, and other water quality and public health improvement projects.

Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program (DWRLF)

Provides low-interest loans to local governments to finance water supply improvements and upgrades.

Water Supply Assistance Grant Program

Helping communities meet their water supply needs.

Bay Restoration Fund Wastewater Grant Program 

  • ENR upgrade at major or minor wastewater treatment plants.
  • Improvements to existing wastewater conveyance systems.
  • Sewer extensions to connect homes on septic systems to a BNR/ENR wastewater treatment plant.
  • Nutrient-reducing BAT shared community septic systems. 
  • Stormwater (MS4) projects by local governments

Bay Restoration Fund - Septic System Grant Program

Upgrades of existing septic systems to best available technology for nitrogen reduction to the Bay.

Linked Deposit Program

Water quality capital improvements

 
Both loan programs receive federal funding from  the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and offer below market interest rate loans to eligible borrowers, while ensuring the perpetuity of the revolving funds.
 

The WQFA is authorized to issue revenue bonds subject to approval of the State Board of Public Works and Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.  Bonds issued by the WQFA do not constitute a debt or the full faith and credit pledge of the State or any political subdivision.  The bonds are paid solely from WQFA revenues as pledged under the bond indenture for each of the above Funds.

The WQFA works very closely with MDE’s Engineering and Capital Projects Program (ECPP, formerly the Water Quality Infrastructure Program).  The ECPP is responsible for the development and implementation of capital projects to correct public health and water quality problems and provides restoration measures that lead to water quality and habitat benefits.  The ECPP provides technical assistance to local government and eligible private entities.
 

 

Reports: 

FFY 2019/State FY 2021 Funding Documents  

 
Please note:  Notification letters were sent in early October 2019 for projects selected to receive Federal FY 2019 Revolving Loan Fund.  Notification letters will be sent in ~ May 2020 for projects selected to receive State FY 2021 grant funding.

 

FFY 2018/State FY 2020 Funding Documents 

Final FFY2018/State FY2020 Clean Water Project Priority List
Final FFY2018 Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Table 1
Final FFY2018 Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Document

Final FFY2018/State FY2020 Drinking Water Project Priority List
Final FFY2018 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Table 1
Final FFY2018 Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Intended Use Plan Document

Public Hearing Responsiveness Summary for the FFY2018/State FY2020 IUPs and PPLs

Please note:  Official notifications regarding projects selected to receive Federal FY 2018 Revolving Loan Fund financing and State FY 2020 grant funding have been made.    

FFY 2017/State FY 2019 Funding Documents 
  
 
 
 
Please note:  Official notifications regarding projects selected to receive Federal FY 2017 Revolving Loan Fund financing and State FY 2019 grant funds have been made.
 
FFY 2016/State FY 2018 Final EPA-Approved Funding Documents
 
 
 
 
Please note:  Official notifications regarding projects selected to receive Federal FY 2016 Revolving Loan Fund and State FY 2018 grant funding have been made.
 
For Septic Grants:
Associated Documents:
 For additional information, please call (410) 537-3119.
 

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